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Midnight Mania! Cesar Gracie prefers Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor trilogy over ‘no win situation’ Demian Maia match up

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Nate Diaz may have lost his second bout in a row last weekend at UFC 263, but a last minute rally and near knockout ensured that Diaz still has plenty of drawing power and options moving forward. More recently, Demian Maia has put forth his name as an option, requesting Diaz as a worthy foe for his “last dance” inside the Octagon.

Diaz’s longtime coach, Cesar Gracie, is respectfully not a fan of the match up. In addition to be a difficult fight, Gracie argues that there’s little to gain for his student.

“I know there has been speculation on whether Nate will accept the fight with Demian Maia,” Gracie told MMA Fighting. “Although I have not yet talked to Nate about his thoughts on this fight, I can tell you that I am completely against the idea. Demian has been a great representative of Brazilian jiu-jitsu on the mat and in MMA. He has accomplished much and we all respect him. He is still a dangerous opponent but I don’t feel Nate has anything to gain from this fight.

“If he were to lose, he would be losing to a 44-year-old that is on his way out of the sport and if he won it would be to a 44-year-old man that is leaving the sport. It is a no-win situation.”

Aside from the Maia callout, there have also been talks about running the Jorge Masvidal fight a second time, which would surely do major pay-per-view (PPV) numbers. However, Gracie has a different target in mind, as he’s still eyeing the long-awaited rubber match between Diaz and Conor McGregor.

“I would think the trilogy versus [Conor] McGregor,” he explained. “I know that Nate wants tough fights. He is motivated by fighting the best guys.”


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